ESDF Save London Lives - Employment & Enterprise

The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund was set up in 2010 to help grassroots charities tackling poverty, inequality and exclusion across the capital. Each year, the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund focuses on a particular theme, which has previously included supporting young people out of gang activity, funding communities through the Estates programme and supporting organisations repurposing surplus food to provide for those facing food insecurity in London.

This year, the aim of this fund is to build a better and more robust community response to youth violence in London by increasing the impact and resilience of organisations working to reduce violence among young people across London.

The fund will encourage and support locally based solutions that are developed and delivered by a range of organisations, working together in areas across London. 


The theme of this round of Save London Lives is employment and enterprise. This fund will support community organisations to increase the job prospects and skills development of young people affected by, engaged in, or at risk of engaging in violence and crime by providing employability and enterprise skills. 

Grant size

Grants of up to £20,000 are available over two years, with maximum of £10,000 per year.

Funding can contribute towards core costs as well as project specific funding and a level of capital funding (capped at 25% of grant)

How to apply

This fund is now closed for applications. If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. 


This fund is now closed.


Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you need help with your application or have any queries about the Fund at or 020 7582 5117.